CFN – Sexual Education for Ontario students has been a hot button topic recently in the media. Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, who is a former Education Minister and is openly gay, has been getting and giving back the rhetoric.
Our world in 2015 is a much different place than even when the McGuinty government was pushing similar legislation. The current curriculum dates back to 1998!
The new curriculum starts education as young as Grade 1.
Premier Wynne gained brownie points for smoking PC leadership hopeful Monte MacNaughton implying that he was being homophobic.
The quotes were:
It’s not the Premier of Ontario’s job, especially Kathleen Wynne, to tell parents what’s age appropriate for their children.
But when you watch the video the question from MPP MacNaughton was about many scandals and not just focused on Sex Ed.
What is it that especially disqualifies me for the job that I’m doing? Is it that I’m a woman? Is it that I’m a mother? Is it that I have a master’s of education? Is it that I was a school council chair? Is it that I was the minister of education?
In fact the comment leading up to Premier Wynne’s shot has to do with the many scandals that have plagued her and her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty’s governments.
It heats up around the 9 minute mark.
Do we really need to be educating our children about some of these issues between grades 1-6? Do we really need to be government educating gender roles at such tender ages without parental consent?
Yes, we live in a world where we have instant access to pornography via the internet, and television programs that show ultra graphic violence and some nudity without having to have HBO, but where are the parental controls?
Have we devolved as a society that need “Big Brother” to tell us about the Stork and about how some Storks can be different than other storks and that it’s all right? Can we not leave that to responsible parents and cultures to share with their young people? Do we need to score kids on this? I mean watch the video above? Queen’s Park behave worse than many kids in school rooms….
It was released that parents will be able to have their children opt out of some of the curriculum. I remember as a child sitting alone because my parents didn’t feel that I should be taking religious instruction at school. It happened twice in my life. I felt excluded and weird and then a target. Is that what opting out will create?
Clearly when you have a majority government as the Liberals do right now you can push the envelope when it comes to legislation. It was the failure of the other parties for allowing that happening, chiefly Tim Hudak who literally scared people into supporting Ms Wynne and her bunch in the last election.
Equally clear the public has not been consulted about many of the facets of this legislation. Forgetting the fact that her government boycotts the largest media in this region I have not seen ads in other area media for public consultations.
And that’s what this comes down to. We of course needed an upgrade on our curriculum which has been the same since 1998, but sex has been around an awful long time. Homosexuality has been around as long as sex has. And yes, while some parents are horrible at their job, looking at some of the basic skills of graduates that some of our high schools turn out can give one to pause to show confidence in their educator’s performance.
There needs to be open and honest non-partisan dialog about this legislation and Ms Wynne and her friends need to listen and adjust what’s being forced upon the parents and children of Ontario.
Of course there’s a bigger issue of accountability including the Sudbury election and sadly accountability and integrity are becoming a much larger and looming issue connected to Ms Wynne and her team.
Ms Wynne asks Mr. MacNaughton the question of what disqualifies her. It’s not that she’s a lesbian, but that she’s a Premier who won’t hold her team accountable. Those are the optics. None of the scandals are showing innocence. They are showing a growing pattern to cover up and pound through the points.
That’s not leadership. That’s bullying.
What do you think Ontario? You can post your comments below.